think africa

Article Generative Justice in Africa: From Fractals to the Rise of Maker Movements  by fellow Ellen Foster and PI Ron Eglash published in Think Africa Press

Contemporary African design trends based on fractals tap into a venerable tradition of self-organisation and open new spaces for local creativity and civic participation. Read article
Read more on: African Fractals | E-waste to Maker Space


BFTD BuckyBallGK12 hosts Black Family Technology Awareness Day workshop: African Hexastrip Weaving:  Models of Nanoscale Structures

What do nanotech molecules have in common with African baskets and other weaves? They all use the same hexagonal mesh design. GK12 fellows  demonstrated how to use this technique to make an example of a 3D model of these fantastic shapes called a buckyball. BFTAD workshop attendees who took on the challenge of making their own buckyball got to take it home with them. Read more about BFTD in Inside Rensselaer


Hackett middle school teacher Terry Bennett and fellow Libby Rodriguez present during the midyear workshop

Midyear Workshop

GK12 fellows, teachers and program leaders met on the RPI campus to present classroom lessons, provide updates on program activities and introduce plans for a summer conference supported by the GK12 program. The conference titled ‘Generative Science’ will be held on the RPI campus June 27-29.
Workshop agenda
View workshop presentations


3 Helix Presents at 4S Conference

GK12 fellows, both current and alumni were part of a panel presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). Their panel submission titled, Will Collaborate for Change: Creating a Hybrid Culture between STS and Science/Engineering Graduate Education was part of the conference theme that emphasized original and timely contributions to themes relevant to science and technology studies. Read full article with abstracts and presentations

Technoscience as Activism Conference –
June 27-29, 2012

As part of the GK-12 3Helix program and the Department of Science and Technology, RPI hosted this four day conference that explored new approaches to interweaving social justice and science/technology. Click here for more information.

Triple Helix receives Outstanding Website Award

The GK-12 Triple Helix website received an Outstanding Website Award at the National Science Foundation’s GK-12 conference held in Washington DC March 16-18. The site was one of two top websites recognized nationwide.

The Triple Helix website is an invaluable tool for not only organizing and publicizing our project, but in developing the Triple Helix Community.

Visitors to the site are able to read about the accomplishments of our participants and find information about the Triple Helix program and activities. Moreover, visitors can make their own contribution by submitting comments to News and Events, journal/blog entries and Lessons and Activities.

“One of the goals of our program is to avoid a one-way trickle-down of knowledge, but rather explore the possibilities for a ‘triple helix’ collaboration … to engage university, GK-12 as well as the community to take an active and ongoing role in the activities of our program” notes program PI, Ron Eglash. As

the activity of the site increases, the Triple Helix Community grows! We are honored that the National Science Foundation has recognized the quality of our web presence and our program.

GK-12 poster presentation: Development of Sensor-caching for Environmental GIS
with GK-12 classrooms

Fellows Chris Shing and Louis Gutierrez presented their poster at the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference held in NYC in February. Their poster was part of the paper session, Geospatial Technologies in the K-12 Classroom. Read more about the Sensor-cashing project


Local 8th graders visit RPI

In December, North Albany Academy 8th grade students visited RPI for the day and participated in several workshops, a guided tour of the campus and the Advanced Manufacturing Lab. 3Helix fellow, Chris Shing with help from teacher pair Kerry Welcome organized the outing. The goal of the day was to enhance student’s awareness about higher education opportunities through demonstrating examples of cutting-edge research impact and by identifying associated career paths . A student life panel consisting of four current RPI students spoke about their college experience and answered questions. Read more
View photo gallery
Visit fellow Chris Shing’s blog


3Helix Mid-Year Workshop

The GK-12 3Helix mid-year workshop was held in December. All nine teachers and all eight fellows along with several leadership staff members attended the day long event. Special thanks to those teachers and fellows who gave presentations and demonstrated some exciting new classroom activities. The workshop ended in a brainstorming session that helped guide the direction and set goals for the second half of the year. Read more and view the photo gallery




ITC Works article supports the work of the GK-12 Triple Helix program

Author Lindsay Poirier cites the efforts of the GK-12 Triple Helix program as a vital response to the inclusive representation of  Western culture in educational software themes. Poirier discusses the importance of imparting mathematical concepts to students by having them use tools based on original artifacts in their culture: “When considering the best use of software for students in developing countries, it is important to consider their background and culture. The significance of a mathematics education comes from the fact that it is applicable to so many aspects of daily life.
Read Poirier’s article: ” Ethnomathematics: an Anthropological Approach to Software in ICT4E

Study results highlight the great importance of learning more about aspects of the social or physical environment on the health of the disadvantaged community

An article published Oct. 19th in the New England Journal of Medicine and featured on the National Science Foundation website demonstrates how basic social and economic science research can contribute to improving the health of women and children in major U.S. cities. The article titled, “Neighborhoods, Obesity and Diabetes – A Randomized Social Experiment,” makes evident that personal, individual outcomes are tied in with the social and economic environments in which people reside.”  GK-12 Triple Helix  program activities including Culturally Situated Community Sensing and the HIV/AIDs Awareness campaign explore similar links with environment and science research.

Banks presents ‘DNA Hero’ at Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy

GK-12 Fellow David Banks recently returned from the Atlanta conference held September 15-17th. Read his abstract: DNA Rockstar: Using Interactive Media to Teach Genetic Science.


Kicking Off GK-12 Triple Helix, Year Two

The GK-12 Kickoff Workshop welcomed new teachers and fellows and welcomed back returning participants from both the Triple Helix and Discovery Activities in Energy and the Environment programs. The workshop included tips and advice on the teacher/fellow relationship, program background information, leadership activities and brainstorming sessions on curriculum activities for the upcoming 2011/2012 school year. View GK-12 Triple Helix Program Highlights.



Community Sensing from Troy, NY to Langui, Peru

GK-12 grad fellow, Louis Gutierrez recently returned from an eleven day trip in Peru. “The trip was an amazing adventure, full of beautiful landscapes, exotic cuisines, and most importantly, lots of opportunities to learn.” In Langui, Peru Louis utilized four different types of sensors, ranging from professional grade to do-it-yourself prototypes. The sensors were part of the GK-12 3Helix Culturally Situated Community Sensing Project.







International Experience in Ghana

The GK-12 Triple Helix Program allows PIs to involve fellows in international research experiences. Through our program’s international collaboration, we are developing the next generation of globally engaged scientists.

This summer, several GK-12 participants traveled to Ghana to work on projects with local communities and schools. The experience was both educational and inspirational. Learn more about the projects they worked on while there and read  Bill and David’s blog entries on their summer experience in Ghana:
HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention
Culturally Situated Design Tools


Research Experience at RPI

Photo credit: Phenia Jean-Pierre 2011GK-12 participants Geo-caching as part of a Research Experience Workshop

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Research Experience Workshops — GK-12 staff, Doyle and Hackett Middle School teachers, fellows and all GK-12 participants who joined us for the week as we explored ways to bring science to our classrooms and better our community.



‘DNA Rockstar’  Performs at NSF Annual Conference

Fellow, David Banks’ poster abstract featuring the ‘DNA Rockstar’ software project was selected as one of 30 abstracts  on display at National Science Foundation headquarters in Arlington, VA. The poster presentation took place on Friday, March 11 as part of the GK-12 Annual Meeting. For David Banks’ reflections on the NSF GK-12 conference, visit his blog






Toward High-Tech Design, Low-Tech Construction


Palolo Cascone presented his work and design philosophy at a talk given to GK-12 fellows and others on February 9th. Cascone is the leader of the Urban Ecologies research program at the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris. Cascone gave examples of how his designs incorporate the needs of the people they collaborate with as well as meet the demands of the local climate and environment. Cascone talked about how he takes his high tech design technologies and applies them on a smaller scale. GK-12 fellows will use this same methodology during upcoming summer workshops where the theme will be “Small is Beautiful.”

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